The New York Public Library has unveiled the designs for its $300 million renovation by the British architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners. The NYTimes reports that the plans propose opening up more of the building to the public, which was previously occupied by seven floors of stacks, into a large atrium with bookshelves, seating areas and desks. Tall windows on the ground floor will let in light from Bryant Park and allow visitors to enjoy the view.
Storage spaces and offices will be converted into work spaces for 300 people, and there will also be an enhanced children’s room, a new center for teenagers, and underground education spaces. Construction will begin next year and the project is due to be completed in 2018. Click through to see images of the redesign: